Back reached the pinnacle of Amateur Football in 2004 when they travelled to Victoria Park in Dingwall on a glorious Summers day in September 2004. Up against the much fancied Avoch side, Back produced a performance beyond their years as the young Blues side tore into the opposition. Outwith veterans like Captain Peter O'Donnell and Kevin 'Bloxy' Murray the average age of the side was under 21. Although outplayed for the entire first half it was Avoch who took the lead just before half time.
If Avoch thought the tide was turning then the were very much mistaken as Back upped their game, if that was possible, to storm back and equalise through Kevin 'Bloxy' Murray. The winner was always coming and when Man of the Match Michael Mackay ran on to a through ball and cooly rounded the keeper the supporters knew the Cup was coming to Upper Coll.
The last few minutes may have been agony but boy was it worth it when the whistle went. Everyone went wild and the pitch was invaded with players old and new. The cup had been won over ninety minutes but any Back player will tell you that it was years in
the making. Manager Angus Nicolson knew it, The Duff and Cab knew it, Pisheag in the stands knew it and so did the rest from Red Mackenzie, Bommie and Ian Maclennan through to Peter Grant. The cup belonged to the club and the people from Back and it was coming home.
If only I could remember the voyage home there would be another chapter to this memorable achievement.
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Back Football and Recreation Club, Upper Coll, Back, Isle of Lewis, HS2 OLS. Tel: 01851 820745